From common pitfalls to the best alternatives to snacks, here's how to help kids eat healthier

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"When kids are involved in meal preparation, they become invested and are likely to eat the food". (PixelCatchers/Getty Images)
"When kids are involved in meal preparation, they become invested and are likely to eat the food". (PixelCatchers/Getty Images)

We all tend to overindulge during the holidays and children are no different. So what is the best approach when easing them into healthier eating habits as we move into the new year? 

Nestlé Nutrition Health and Wellness Manager, Anne-Marié De Beer says while diets and weight loss plans are usually the post-festive norm, this "usually does not last longer than the 1st or 2nd week after the holidays". 

Mpho Tshukudu, an integrative and functional dietitian, agrees and recommends that families follow a general eating plan instead. "An easy-to-follow plan is ideal for sustainability and when eating out. A special diet is warranted [only] if there are medical indications," Tshukudu says.

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